It's a waste not to know!
The world of performing arts for people with intellectual handicap
Tomoko Utsumi (Chairman of NPO Dream Energy Project)
■ Don't lose to Corona! Online concert held
The "Lovely Encounter Concert" was scheduled to be held on March 21, 2020, on "World Down Syndrome Day."
A collaborative concert of piano performances, solo singing, and harp performances by people with down syndrome, and plays and songs by people with intellectual disabilities were planned to be performed, but it was postponed to May due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection. .. There was a plan to "after autumn", but I decided to hold it as an online concert.
For me as an IT-on-chi, it was a very bold challenge.
At the NPO Dream Energy Project (commonly known as Dripro), which I represent, I create a place for learning and experience for people with intellectual handicap, and support "work experience". Also, as one of the pillars of our activities, we have held plays and concerts for people with intellectual handicap, but this is the first time for us to have an online concert. I had no idea what to do.
I thought about using a paid music distribution site, but customers who are unfamiliar with IT like me who need an ID and password are likely to give up on the way! I felt like that and stopped.
I thought about "publishing" it on YouTube, but sometimes I got caught.
It is anxiety that it may be the target of slander on the net.
Against their hard workAnd if an anonymous and irresponsible word makes them lose their "want to express" feelings, there is no source or child ... Because of such concerns, we adopted a method of free limited distribution, in which the viewing URL is sent only to those who wish to view it during October.
Mayu Shimizu Performed songs "Sunflower" "Waltz No. 10 in B minor (Chopin)" "Puppy Waltz"
"Lovely Encounter Online Concert" Program
Part 1 Piano performance, solo performance, guest harp performance for people with Down syndrome
Part 2 Message from 11 members with intellectual handicap to those who watched the online concert
Jungo Utsumi (the author's eldest son) Solo singing "Earthly Stars" "Subaru"
The venue is a French restaurant that doubles as a salon concert venue in Fujisawa city. Originally, I planned to have a concert with tea and cake, but unfortunately there was no audience.
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In the latter half of the concert, the members of Dripro delivered their special skills and messages one by one. Members who couldn't come to the venue because they were worried about corona infection were asked to send a recording of dancing and poetry reading at home and edited it.
Impressions from those who watched it. (Excerpt)
● The dignified appearance of everyone at the time of the announcement was impressive. Have a lookI felt a clear intention to want to convey. And it led to talking clearly so that the feeling could be conveyed to the other party. I felt the importance of having a desire to convey.
● I enjoyed the fact that each individuality was demonstrated. The harp was also nice. I think it is very important to express yourself and to have a place to express yourself. It is difficult to hold an event or a recital now, but I would like to pay tribute to the fact that the method was devised by everyone's efforts.
Currently, this concert can be viewed by visiting the Dripro website .
■ Performing arts for people with intellectual handicap
Performing arts such as theater, music, and dance are also called "performing arts." When it comes to performing arts for people with physical disabilities, many of them will be impressed by the artificial limb dancers who appeared at the closing ceremony of the Rio Paralympics.
However, little is known about the performing arts of people with intellectual handicap.
Art such as paintings and statues of people with intellectual handicap is known for its unique taste and splendor.
* A picture by Satoshi Nonomura, who belongs to Art de Vivre, who is active in Odawara, and has the title "Wanitokage". span>
Many of you may know Shoko Kanazawa, a calligrapher with Down Syndrome who wrote the opening title of the taiga drama "Taira no Kiyomori".
In fact, there are a number of organizations, including Dripro, where people with intellectual handicap are engaged in theater, music and dance.
There are some organizations that are doing great things like being featured in the media and winning awards abroad, and I'm sorry to say, but if you want to know more about their unique performances.
It's a waste not to know!
I would like to introduce some of the activities of Dripro, organizations related to Kanagawa working on performing arts, and overseas information.
■ Dripro's plays and concerts
Since 2012, Dripro has been holding an "inclusion live" between professional musicians and people with intellectual disabilities at a live house in Tokyo. In 2016, 2017, and 2019, we held a stage performance of music and theater called "21st Wonderful Encounter", and in 2018, we held a music event called "Nice Encounter Concert" at Yotsuya Kumin Hall.
This photo is a scene from the play "21st Wonderful Encounter" held at Mirai Hall in August 2019 as part of the "Coexistence Co-creation Project" in Kanagawa Prefecture. Most of the performers are young people with intellectual handicap such as Down's syndrome and autism.
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People with Down's syndrome may have difficulty hearing words due to their low voice or poor tongue.
When I first started writing the script in 2015 because I wanted to do a play, I thought it might be difficult for them to actually speak the lines, so at the conceptual stage, I would like to convey the narration with gestures, gestures, and facial expressions. I was thinking. However, as they practiced, they began to tingle to say the lines and began to speak without narration. At first, the child who couldn't raise his face turned to the front firmly, and he became able to hear the lines of the child who did not understand what he was saying, and when he noticed, each person talked vigorously on the stage and acted. I was doing.
They are intellectually handicapped.
People vary in degree, such as lack of understanding, difficulty concentrating, and poor control of their feelings.
Many things happen in practice and in production.
It's a common story that you "get together" while practicing (a state where you don't react without movement or words) and you get into your own world.
I couldn't come out in the bathroom, I changed the lines and added easy-to-speak clauses, and before the rehearsal started, I couldn't control my feelings and hid under the desk in the venue office.
On the morning of the actual performance, if you get lost in the city after being separated from your mother, you may be late for the turn by going to the bathroom even during the actual performance.
There are a lot of things like that, but anyway, I can't believe what I like.
Being unconditionally honest with fun.
I love to express and it's fun to express, so I'll do my best.
Takako Tokiwa, an actor, has been thinking about them and volunteering to participate.
Many people fill out the questionnaire at the end of the performance every time.
Excerpt from the questionnaire at the time of the performance in 2019.
● I was also impressed by the fact that everyone is doing what they love. I often stop because I care too much about people's eyes, and I was impressed by how much they really enjoyed acting.
● It was a play full of happiness of being born. I think that I have experienced many things that have been painful, painful, and many things, but I want you to continue to have a kind heart that is kind and loving. I also received a lot of notice.
● Contents that make you think about the meaning of being born. And it is wonderful to see each individuality while the performers are acting firmly.
Regarding the concert, the online concert I wrote at the beginning will be the second one, but the first "Nice Encounter Concert" held in 2018 was performed by performers with Down syndrome and performers with autism. The main concert was co-starring.
It was very interesting because the differences in disabilities created the uniqueness of each music.
The performers with Down's Syndrome were kind and warm, which was also shown in the performance. On top of that, they face the performance with difficulty due to their disabilities.
Pacemaker in the heart(TOSHIKI), or the left ear is deaf (Falcon), Rintaro is born with a missing right wrist, so the melody is made with 5 fingers on the left and "6" on the right wrist. Play.
Trumpet performance TOSHIKI
Piano performance Mayu Shimizu
Solo singing Jungo Utsumi
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Piano performance Rintaro Suzuki
On the other hand, all performers with autism were hyperactive and restless when they were small, and they were very particular about it, and it was difficult to learn the rules of daily life.
However, the mother's awareness that "I was quiet only when I was listening to music" and the creation of an environment made my talent bloom. He has an outstanding concentration on his favorite music, and is passionate about playing and singing, and has a dynamic momentum.
For example, playing the piano. The piano performances of Mayu and Rintaro with Down Syndrome are gentle and full of emotion, while the piano performances of Takuto with autism pop like a finger dancing happily on the keyboard. There was a sense of rhythm, and I felt a dynamic and deeply reverberating feeling of rendition.
Piano performance Takuto Koyanagi
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Solo singing Tae Kamiya
There was a lot of feedback at the concert.
Big unstoppable applause, tearful people, and many questionnaires saying "I was impressed".
However, due to intellectual handicap, the rhythm and tempo may not be as stable as those of humans.
It cannot be said that "good" such as Jungo is flattering. The sound comes off by all means.
So what did the customer applaud?
There was a person who said, "I don't have the desire to look good, so on the contrary, it may sound straight to my heart."
Certainly, because it is difficult for everyone to express themselves in words, they can put themselves in songs and songs as they are.
It may take an immeasurable amount of time to master one song, or it may be difficult to master the accuracy, but I have a passion to surpass that.
There is a straightforwardness to get out of the undecorated self without bargaining.
There is an overflowing dedication.
Doesn't it move the listener's heart?
Strength in weakness ...
We tend to say "make negatives positive" in one word, but the efforts we have made while facing various difficulties and the path we have taken without giving up ooze into performances such as performances and songs. .. Isn't that the same for theater and dance?
I think that is one of the attractions of performing arts for people with intellectual handicap.
Keiko Mizukoshi, a singer who came to see the venue, wrote on her blog:It was.
"Piano performances, violins, trumpets, flutes, and solos. Each person's performances and songs reached the depths of my heart and shook me on the way .... Every song is yours. As an artist, each person threw it at us with a naked heart. (Omitted) I also feel as a mother, as a person who plays music, and as a person, and it is important for everything. I felt the origin and had a precious time. "
■ An organization working on performing arts related to Kanagawa
The recital is always full of enthusiasm
Love Junx is an entertainment school for people with Down Syndrome.
There are schools in Kanto, Kansai, and Hokkaido, and a total of 800 people belong to them.
Everyone at Love Junx Kanagawa School taking lessons at Yokohama Rapport
"I feel that people with Down Syndrome are good at expressing what they feel in a straightforward manner," said Anna Makino, a public interest incorporated foundation in 2002.After being asked to teach dance to children with Down Syndrome, he was fascinated by the power and sensitivity to attract them and launched Love Jansk.
Twenty-six years before my child was born, few people with Down Syndrome appeared on television. The activities of Love Junx, who have appeared on TV and at various events, not only encouraged parents to raise children with Down Syndrome, but also became a big presence to let people who do not know Down Syndrome know their energetic and hidden power. became. Anna, who teaches and choreographs professional dancers, talks about the appeal of dancing for children with Down Syndrome.
"The appearance of enjoying dancing to the fullest touches people's hearts and reminds us of the origin."
A hot generation that performs original musical works three times a year with professional musical actors, regardless of whether or not they have a disability.
Ms. Meiko Torii, the presiding officer, said about the members with intellectual handicap, "The performance full of kindness and beauty spun out by a pure innocent soul gives us the best healing and courage."
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The singing voice of Tae Kamiya (front row of the stage) with autism, who plays the leading role in many works, has the sound of falling from heaven.
Mr. Torii, who has been teaching Tae since high school, says.
"Sometimes I don't practice with a stable emotion, but it's important to believe in the potential of the other person."
Because of the invisible hardships, Tae-san shines in a dignified appearance that does not make you feel any disability.
Everyone at the Hot Generation Kanagawa School practicing at the Shonandai Cultural Center
About 20 years ago, I asked Mr. Torii to set up a branch in Kanagawa and started Kanagawa school, and my child smiled with my fellow family of children with disabilities. I worked on creating a place where I could stay.
I graduated from the establishment of Dripro seven years ago, but I think that the activities of inclusion itself are of great significance beyond the disabilities.
"Salsa gumtape" is a rock band formed by musician Tetsu Kashiwa and people with intellectual disabilities.
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It has been 26 years since I started working at a welfare facility in the prefecture.
The energy that people with intellectual handicap sing, play, and excite as entertainers is tremendous.
In the "Wonderful World" created by Mr. Kashiwa in response to the "Tsukui Yamayurien" incident, anger and hope are swirling and exploding.
Members of Dripro were invited to the salsa gumtape live in January this year, and they sang this song together. The stage and venue became one, and it became a big chorus.
"I was born to be happy! I love living!"
The appearance of members with intellectual disabilities screaming from the bottom of their hearts should have been firmly engraved in the hearts of everyone at the venue.
Mr. Akira Kashiwa (behind)'s creative energy is still unabated even after he is over 70 years old.
All live performances were canceled due to Corona. It's been a long time since I lived at an unattended online event held in November.
In addition, Mr. Kashiwa wants to connect the hearts of people who cannot meet due to the corona virus, and the new song "Aitai! I also made.
"We rock and roll every day because it's just fun. It's even more fun if we can share that fun with someone else. The most peaceful sharing in the world !!"
According to Mr. Kashiwa's message, the rock'n'roll soul of surviving in any situation is alive.
All of the performances have the power to break through the sense of blockage in society, but of course there are many other places where they are active with conviction.
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Finally, a little information about overseas.
Although it is a little different from the field of performing arts, many people with Down Syndrome have been active overseas for more than 20 years, such as appearing on TV and movies.
In 1996, Pascal Duquenne, an actor with Down Syndrome who was cast as one of the W stars in the movie "The Eighth Day," achieved the feat of winning the Best Actor Award at the Cannes International Film Festival.
It was released in Japan in 1997, but watching this movie gave me the courage to raise my child with Down Syndrome.
Lauren Potter, who plays the role of Becky and has Down Syndrome, appears in the nationwide blockbuster drama "glee." As you may know, since it was broadcast on NHK E-Tele in 2012, Becky is a member of the cheerleading club in a youth drama with songs and dances created by high school students who have fallen out of the countryside. Appearance. Both my colleagues and teachers normally accept her with Down Syndrome. I was as surprised and longed for her as an actor, acting like any other actor, to the American culture of being naturally in contact with one companion, the same student, without any special treatment. ..
And now, the movie "Chocolate Donuts" is attracting attention. Published in 2014, Rudy and Po try to live their own way while fighting the prejudices of society.Isaac Leyva, who plays the role of Marco in this movie that was made to cry by Ruru, is also an actor with Down Syndrome.
In December 2020, "Chocolate Donuts" will be staged in Japan as a play directed by Amon Miyamoto and starring Noriyuki Higashiyama. There, a boy with Down Syndrome actually appears as Marco.
Many people with intellectual handicap overseas appear on TV and movies because there is a theater training center and there is also a production. There is an entertainment agency in Los Angeles for people with intellectual handicap, and I have been touring it. People with a lot of intellectual handicap have appeared on TV and movies from there. In the 300th anniversary program of "ER Emergency Room", which was also popular as a medical drama in Japan, an actor with Down's syndrome who played an important role as the son of Peter Fonda appeared.
Furthermore, overseas, women with Down syndrome are playing an active role as models.
In June 2020, the British luxury brand GUCCI appointed the Italian version of "VOGUE" as a model for the world's leading fashion brand, Erie Goldstein.
In October, the global skin care brand "Obagi" announced that it would use Grace Strobel as a model.
Over the last few years, many women with Down Syndrome have been on the big stage as models. It seems that the world is heading toward "the beauty of the person who emphasizes diversity."
In Japan as well, Mariko Takagi, a former Paris Fashion Week model, is making efforts to train models for people with intellectual handicap. The day when a model of Down's syndrome will fly out of Japan to the world may not be long.
From the encounter with the movie "The Eighth Day", related to Down syndrome and theaterFor more than 20 years, he has believed in the acting, singing, and dancing possibilities of people with intellectual handicap, and has been engaged in activities.
Among other people who are doing wonderful activities, the content may have been awkward, but I hope that as many people as possible will be interested in their performance.
I hope that the performing arts of people with disabilities, not just those with intellectual disabilities, will take root in Japan for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games and as a legacy.
"I want to see their performance"
"Because the unique personality is fun"
"Because it's interesting"
From such a motive, I sincerely hope that the number of general customers who want to go to the theater, concerts and dance live of people with intellectual disabilities will increase, and that the society will be full.
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